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Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 3:00am EDT
quote obama said, very clearly in a recent speech that he gave at the united nations general assembly just a few weeks ago, he said we in the united states are currently reviewing the way that we gather intelligence. and i think that's appropriate. that our goal is always to try to find the right balance between protecting the security and the privacy of our citizens. >> amnesty international says u.s. drone strikes are illegal and could amount to war crimes. human rights group investigated 45 strikes in north west pakistan between january of last year and august of this year.
Oct 16, 2013 12:30pm PDT
on the sidelines of the united nations general assembly. the idea was to ease tensions, but the terror incidents and, and attempted infiltration from the pakistani side influenced the talks and brought relations back to square one. the leaders of pakistan and india held their first official meeting in india of last week come a meeting with renewed promises of mutual restraint and kashmir, but little real hope for a fresh start in relations. the prime minister of india and the prime minister of pakistan shook hands for the cameras before their long-anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the united nations general assembly, but despite the smiles, violence back home formed the backdrop to the encounter. >> a series of cross-border artillery exchanges in the kashmir valley over the past two months has led to the death of at least eight soldiers on both sides and brought relations to the lowest and -- ebb in years. an explosion on a indian base caused the death of at least 10 people, causing an outcry in india. even after the talks, the indian army continued to be engaged against 35 wanted terroris
Al Jazeera America
Oct 18, 2013 10:00pm EDT
in captivity he lives to tell the story tonight on consider this. also, is the united nations still relevant, a u.n. secretary general joins us, under allegation of abuse by peace keepers, has very significant ongoing importance in the world. a beautiful woman goes undercover to expose abuse, and she becomes first lady. >>> i'm anthony mora. , recent dramas including home lands show the horrors of abduction. >> one of the delta's found something else. >> i'm an american. >> an even more terrifying glimpse of a kid flapping inside syria comes from the show home land is based on, the israeli drama, prisoners of war. are. >> both shows delve into the unlikely alliances sometimes formed in captivity. photojournalist jonathan was kidnapped by a group near damascus. he endured persecution. he also taught their leader how to swim. joining us is jonathan, a 34-year-old photographer with thing new york polaris agency. held by 81 days by islamic fighters in syria. glad to have you here, why did you end up going to syria? we just mentioned how many journalists have been killed there, how many are being
Al Jazeera America
Oct 17, 2013 6:00am EDT
arrested earlier this month, and charges of belonging to a criminal group. >>> the united nations is appealing for more troops and helicopters for its peace-keeping mission in mali. it says the extra numbers are needed to effectively stabilize the north of the country and project civilians from attacked by civilian armed groups. there are 6,000 troops in mali, roughly half of what's mandated. for more of that i'm joins from paris by the president of the institute for foresight and security in europe. good to have you with us. first of all, is the problem the number of troops, and if so, where can they come from? >> well, the problem is the number of troops, but the problem is also the fact that a certain number of african countries who had deployed troops in missions withdrew their troops. as you know 1,200 nigerians have left united nations missions. why have they left? because they're fighting also a war in their country, and they're fighting against it. last week 150 troops also left the united nations stabilization mission for the same reason, and based on the fact that there
Oct 17, 2013 3:00pm EDT
secretary-general of the united nations. on behalf of our president and all of us at brookings, i want to give a big welcome to the deputy secretary-general and also to ambassador tom pickering , a distinguished fellow here at the brookings institution and well-known to many of you. ambassador secretary-general took up this post on the appointment of secretary general keep moon in july of 2012 grade he has a long and established career in diplomacy around the world, and the u.n. system and for sweden. toserved as the ambassador sweden for the united states and spent time as sweden's word minister. in the early 90s, he was the first u.n. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and was the special envoy of the u.n. secretary-general in darfur. on and many years of experience in africa, sudan, mozambique, the balkans. known particularly well- for his work and you monetary affairs, including prevention of landmines, prevention of conflicts, getting people most in need on human rights and increasingly speaking quite a bit about water quality and how important that is to the f
Oct 20, 2013 1:00pm EDT
deputy secretary-general of the united nations, jan eliasson. on behalf of our president and all of us at brookings, i want to give a big welcome to the deputy secretary-general and also to ambassador tom pickering , a distinguished fellow here at the brookings institution and well-known to many of you. ambassador secretary-general eliasson took up this post on the appointment of secretary general moon in july of 2012 . he has a long and established career in diplomacy around the and the u.n. system and for sweden. he served as the ambassador to sweden for the united states and spent time as sweden's word minister. in the early 1990's, he was the first u.n. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and was the special envoy of the u.n. secretary-general in darfur. the list goes on and on. many years of experience in africa, sudan, mozambique, the balkans. he is particularly well-known for his work and you monetary affairs,anitarian including prevention of landmines, prevention of conflicts, getting people most in need on human rights and increasingly speaking quite a bit about w
Al Jazeera America
Oct 18, 2013 8:00pm EDT
east snubs the united nations by rejecting a seat on the security council. hundreds of thousands of people in san francisco are stranded, forced to find a differently mode of transportation after the second transit strike this year. we begin tonight with the story that was at the heart of the government gridlock that finally eased this week. the affordable care act, and the rocky rollout of a crucial part of it. since the health care websites launched on october 1st many americans have been unable to sign up through the health insurance exchange offered by the federal government. and as of this week, there's word that the health care exchange technical infrastructure. >> even though there's been challenges enrolling through the website, people are enrolling across the country. >> off the past few -- over the past few hours, the white house has been tweeting enrollment numbers. in kentucky over 10,000 have enrolled in health care coverage. in washington state, nearly 9500 have enrolled and in two weeks more than 100,000 californians have started health care plirgses through the --
Al Jazeera America
Oct 21, 2013 2:00pm EDT
have made that difference. so i think it's time for the united nations and for others to consider the appropriateness of their activity. and the need to try to press towards the negotiated solution that is critical to the people of syria and to its future. >> the next question will be from miranda takayadin from al hayat. >> secretary, i have a question for you. and question for minister halad ati, in his language for him and in english for you. question about american policy change on syria. they came out of the track that you are insisting so much on the chemical disarmament of syria, and that people hoped that you want really to do where this regime, with assad's regime. so do you need in fact this coordination with this regime for the chemical disarmament and when is geneva 2 actually? because we still don't have a date. some people say 23rd, some others say no. and then is iran going to be part of this conference? minister al atea,. >> translator: has qatar changes its policy towards syria? is there any proximity or message exchanged with president assad? >> well, just very
Oct 17, 2013 10:00pm EDT
discussed the current agenda of the united nations including the conflict in syria and global economic development. he's introduced by brookings foreign policy director, ted. [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon, everyone. i'm ted. i'm the acting vice president director of the foreign policy program here at brookings. thank you for coming. we have a very privileged discussion this afternoon. it's what we call the statesman forum. and i can think of no other better title for our guest today ambassador young who is the current deputy secretary general of of theup united nations. on behalf of the president and automatic of us at brookings, i want to give a big welcome to the deputy secretary general, and also to ambassador tom pickering, a distinguished fellow with us at the brookings constitution. i'm sure well known to many of you. i'll introduce him in a minute. ambassador deputy secretary general, that's a long title -- became -- took up the post on the appointment of secretary general in july of 2012. he has a long and very distinguished career in diplomacy around the world. i
Oct 22, 2013 7:00am EDT
statement by the united nations renouncing the use of nuclear weapons. the people in charge of fukushima daiichi say they'll do more to track leaks of rad radioactive water and radiation levels offshore. and many seniors in taiwan have made a happy discovery. they say life really does get better as you age. >>> japanese officials have given their backing to a united nations movement against the inhumane consequences of nuclear warfare. for the first time, they've signed a statement renouncing use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. it says if humanity is survive, such weapons must never be used again. a committee of the u.n. swregen assembly that deals with disarmament adopted the statement. representatives from 125 countries signed it. >> the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of punuclear weapo are a fundamental and global concern. >> the document says a nuclear weapons have immense uncontrollable destructive capabilities indiscriminate in nature. it says the use and testing of such weapons have shown the consequences are inacceptable. delegates from around the world are ad
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 3:00am EDT
, they finally see some momentum in the united nations security council, the syrian opposition on the other hand, feels very neglected and perhaps what is worse from their point of view, is that this process over the chemical weapons to some extent legitimizes or perhaps even relegitimizes the regime of president assad. and leaves the opposition out in the cold and as they are at pain to his tell us, david, makes very little material difference in terms of the suffering, the death scale and the refugees on the ground in syria itself. >> okay, barnaby, thank you very much indeed. more details of that meeting a little later here on al jazerra. >>> barack obama has called up the french president and talked about accusations that the u.s. has been spying on millions of french citizens the allegations come from further leaks by the u.s. whistle blower edward snow 10. we are talking in paris the u.s. secretary the state john kerry is saying the united states is reviewing how it gather intelligence. >> as president obama said, very clearly in a recent speech that he gave at the united nations general a
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 5:00am EDT
of movement at the united nations security council and all of that creating a feeling there is a possibility of momentum towards geneva to as it's being called but if you accommodate the russians you irritate and annoy parts of the opposition who have felt very left out over the last few weeks and feel really that any sense of triumph over chemical weapons decides the point, that that was only a very small part of the terrible war in syria and that even if that deal is successful from their point of view it will serve perhaps dangerously to relegitimize the regime of president assad and they would say that is a very high price to pay. >> reporter: we thank you very much indeed and mr. phillip in london. bush fires are threatening sidney and the worst fires in a decade and one person has died and 200 homes destroyed. fire officials now warning residents to prepare for the worst as forecasted weather conditions look set to fan the flames. >> the conditions are going to be worse than otherwise expected only this morning. they are going to be worse to the point that the fire danger ratings acro
Oct 16, 2013 11:00pm PDT
special focus on the united nations world food day. we will be looking at global food waste and what countries are doing about it. hearst, the united states will not go into default with just a few hours left before the deadline approaches. the u.s. senate has voted to lift the u.s. debt ceiling until february 7 of next year and reopen the government after 16 days of a partial shutdown. for more on what is happening, we go straight to mason king live for us in the newsroom. >> and looks at the u.s. government will avoid default, specially after that overwhelming vote in the senate. we are now waiting for the u.s house ofeprentatives to vote. even though the republicans got really nothing that they asked for, their leader john boehner says he willot block it and will pass this vote tonight, we hope, with the help from democrats. what will the vote to? it will raise the u.s. debt ceiling until february 7, 2014 it will also reopen the u.s. government at current funding levels until generate 15th. it will also give back pay to all those hundreds of thousands who were temporarily unemploy
Oct 22, 2013 5:30am PDT
the united arab nations. we have covered them in paris tunisia, istanbul. they have been meeting everywhere in the past few years. in the beginning there was a pretense where they were speaking to a so-called united opposition that was marching at least in their own words in lockstep towards a brighter future for syria, a future without bashar assad in it. that has become aggressively more difficult, or that vision is more out of whack with reality these days. john kerry is going to a meeting trying to face an opposition that within itself is divided on whether or not to attend this conference. the opposition groups that will be there in london -- the syrian national coalition -- that is the umbrella group will stop within that group you have a faction called the syrian national council that has made it clear that it opposes any peace conference, any way, shape, or form, of any regime if bashar al-assad will participate in it. they say it would be a joke to allow a man who has been brutally murdering his own people to sit at a table and talk about peace. what sort of a conference will that
Al Jazeera America
Oct 19, 2013 5:00am EDT
with the princple ordinance of the united nations while advancing their efforts to advance forward. >> ththe new security council ae scheduled to take their seats in january. zplencht thethey are waiting official word from the saudis on whether to call an election. no one is sure how to proceed because this has never happened before. >>> coming up on this program. drowning in debt. we meet zimbabwe people that can't pay their water charges. >>> and how columbian rebels are trying to re-enter society. [[voiceover]] every day, events sweep across our country. and with them, a storm of views. how can you fully understand the impact unless you've heard angles you hadn't considered? antonio mora brings you smart conversation that challenges the status quo with unexpected opinions and a fresh outlook. including yours. there's more to financial news than the ups and downs of the dow. for instance, can fracking change what you pay for water each month? have you thought about how climate change can affect your grocery bill? can rare minerals in china affect your cell phone bill? or how a hospital in texa
Oct 18, 2013 7:00pm PDT
. an unprecedented note to the united nations. saudi arabia rejecting a seat on the security council saying they have a lot middle eastern issues. signed, sealed, delivered. they finalize a landmark-free trade agreements aiming to boosting growth and unemployment between the two parties and trimming the family tree. they could rewrite evolutionary history. >> but first, kenyan president uhuru kenyatta has been dismissed from most of his trial. he is only required to be present at certain he parts of the case. he is due to go on trial in the hague on charges that you're castrated deadly violence. healing is to be present for certain parts of the trial. >> he needs to be there for the opening and closing statements. he needs to be there when the ends of the violence give any evidence and at the time of the judgment. and if it happenings, sentencins well. >> how is this move being perceived in kenya? >> very positively. his team sees this as the first concession that the icc has made to the fact that mr. kenyatta is the president of kenya. he has been pushing very strongly for them to see that he needs
Al Jazeera America
Oct 18, 2013 7:30pm EDT
. surprise rejection. one of the most important u.s. allies in the middle east snubs the united nations by rejecting a seat on the security council. hundreds of thousands of
Oct 16, 2013 5:30am PDT
for the proposals that were put on the table yesterday in geneva. negotiators have gathered at the united nations for second day of talks that were slightly delayed this morning as a result of bilateral meetings that have allowed iran and britain to exchange envoys for the first time since they left the embassy in 2011. another indication of the relations between iran and the west. images there've negotiators arriving for that second day of talks, those of the actual proposals they will be discussing. much of the actual content has remained a secret. news of those snap visits are likely to remain a secret. good afternoon, george. the nuclear program is at the heart of these discussions in geneva. give us an idea. >> 2003 is when the key negotiator for iran -- at that time they had only a handful of centrifuges spinning and now have an estimated 19,000. when you have a lot, you can get close to bomb making capacity by enriching uranium at different levels. let's try to visualize this with a graphic. what we have at the moment is in richmond going on at different levels. a five percent level and th
Oct 17, 2013 12:00pm EDT
it is not an exaggeration to say this is united nation and it is only natural that it should find its way into our foreign policy. it is the means and the end. it is both a matter of policy on the way of life. so with the appreciation, it will not be difficult to understand why china values peace so much in this foreign policy and why it has been peaceful settlement of international you. of course we will use to safeguard our sovereignty. but this is just to make sure that our role as peace. must be confronted with force in accordance with the provisions in chennai. it should be resolved through peaceful means. and mutual accommodation. we never believe the military can solve the global patterns. it is presumed to this independent foreign policy of peace that would develop our relations with the united states. nothing illustrates our foreign policy better than our handling relations with the united states because this relationship is the most important as well as the most sensitive. the most comprehensive, the most promising as well as the most challenging. thanks to both sides over the past four decades
Oct 21, 2013 4:00pm EDT
can live in peace. we believe it must be confronted with the provisions of the united nations but other international disputes should dissolve trippi salinas, negotiations and a mutual accommodation. remember that military might can really solve the global problems pursuant to this independent foreign policy of peace that we develop our relations in the united states. and nothing illustrates our foreign policy better than our relations with the united states because this relationship is the most important as well as the most sensitive. the most comprehensive as well as the most complex, the most promising as well as the most challenging. thanks to the efforts on both sides over the past four decades or so, i u.s. relationship has been in great shape in spite of some ups and downs. the president in china and president obama of the u.s. met twice this year and they stay in close touch through correspondence and telephone. our leaders are just a phone call away from each other and had an occasion at the top level and a guided by the agreement between the two presidents the two co
Oct 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
to be cooperating with that investigation. the united nations is calling on the united states to detail how many civilians it believes have been killed in drone attacks targeting islamic militants in yemen, afghanistan, pakistan. estimates vary widely from several hundred to more than 2,000. american drone attacks in pakistan are likely to be discussed when the prime minister travels to washington next week. >>> into the east african nation of somalia, 16 people were killed in a suicide bombing. the explosion occurred at a cafe used by local and foreign soldiers fighting islamic militants. al shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. >>> in england today, a violin believed to have been played on the "titanic" to calm the passengers as the ship was sinking was auctioned off for 1.5 million. four times more than any item recovered from the doomed liner. they say the wood still contains salt deposits from the seawater. the instrument reportedly found in a leather case strapped to the body of the ship's band leader. his body recovered ten days after the ship went down. the violin was a gift to
Oct 20, 2013 7:00am EDT
sanctions that the united states and europeans have imposed here there are some also united nations sanctions, but the american sanctions have been the most putative. they have also been the most imaginative. during the bush administration, the treasury department came up with a set of new banking provisions that were in many ways a response to 9/11. they wanted to go after banks that were helping finance or launder money for terrorist groups. in the process -- and the process, they set in motion a new set of laws. it allowed the americans to go after a rainy and -- after iranians. you have to be able to track every transaction. banks were not able to do that. that meant that businesses in iran that wanted to buy raw materials for their industries could not get letters of credit in the international community, oil,iran, when it sold could not get some of the revenues back. there was a growing economic pressure. it also went through eight years of chronic economic mismanagement under former whoident ahmadinejad, gained fame as the most hard- line president iran has ever had . you had
Oct 19, 2013 4:00am EDT
nations we would have to invent it. we need the role that the united nations place which is absolutely critically important for all the obvious reasons but it is difficult to get controversial action done quickly within the security council and that is why people go ad hoc. eventually they try to circle back and that's what happened with chemical weapons. couldn't get a security council resolution on tougher singh shuns, on the assad regime and possible article vii actions in the absence of pulling back and from all the rest you know so well that that's in everybody's interest. if if you are russia or china or the united states you don't want syria to have a big chemical weapons stockpile. so you seize this opportunity and they agree and we go forward. i think that everyone that i have spoken to about the international organizations know there have to be reforms and know that there has to be kind of a new global social contract for the 21st century but it's difficult to actually put that into operation. so you have the imf and you have the chi 20. you have got the united nations and re
Oct 15, 2013 5:30am PDT
struck a more open zone at the united nations general assembly last month and hopes a new willingness to discuss his nations enrichment program may see the sanctions eased, leaving western diplomats keen to see concrete and verifiable measures from the iranians. >> we have come here with a sense of cautious optimism and a great sense of determination because we believe it is really time now for tangible results. >> iran's longtime adversary israel, however, remains unconvinced tehran has any good intentions. >> it would be an historic mistake to live pressure now just before the sanctions reach their goal. right now we must not give in and we must keep up the pressure. >> in a sign of easing diplomatic tensions, obama did hold a telephone conversation with rouhani last month. a first for the president of both nations since the iranian revolution of 1979. >> apologies for that. clearly we were hoping to hear earthquake that hit the philippines early this morning rather than about iran again. but a technical glitch that in the way. we will give you more on the earthquake throughout the
Oct 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
-day walkout has been the second strike in four months. >>> the u.s. has provided the united nations with armored suburbans to aid in the effort to destroy syria's chemical weapons. >>> the boy scouts who knocked over a rock formation in a state park has been kicked out of the organization. they're saying the men violated the principle of leave no trace and are no longer members. >>> a deadly suicide bombing that killed at least six people aboard a bus in russia was caught on a dashboard camera. that blast is raising some fears of further attacks during the upcoming winter olympics. >>> 10,000 clues so far, but the mystery still unsolved. young maria found in a roma camp in central greece continues to baffle investigators. greek authorities have gone public with photos of maria, who's believed to be between 5 and 6. the clues have come via e-mail and calls. >>> casper was looking for a night cap. police have released video showing a man dressed as a ghost running up and down the aisles of a closed alabama liquor store. nothing was stolen by the ghostly burglar, who disappeared into t
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 6:00am EDT
on that, some sort of agreement in the united nations security council for the first time and they would like to exploit that opportunity and likewise indeed between the west and i ran gives them an opportunity but they don't share the hopes and quite to the contrary and feel neglected by the chemical weapons deal and feel it as a distraction and concerned about the west agreeing on too many issues with russia if you like and deviating from the position that they had before and that gives you an idea of the challenges that the negotiators face today. >> reporter: thanks and live in london. in australia bush fires in new south wales are threatening the capitol sidney and the worst fires in a decade, one person died, more than 200 homes have been destroyed. fire officials are saying to prepare for the worst as forecast and weather conditions are set to fan the flames. >> the conditions are going to be worse than otherwise expected only this morning. they are going to be worse to the point that the fire danger ratings across most of the greater sidney area, the hunter and indeed the fire g
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
are using and the united states government itself. the united nations is issuing a report on the use of drones. in a nine year period they estimate 390 strikes in pack pan and killing possibly 400 civilians. >> randal appreciate it. thank you. >> amnesty international has put together suggestions for reforming the drone policy. releasing more information about the u.s. airstrikes and details about those that have been killed. ensuring that u.s. policies follow u.s. human rights laws. and stop using claims that the government can use lethal force in any region they are involved in war. they have also asked the u.s. to protect the rights of all people not just the u.s. citizens. they want to make sure that the people accused of attacks on the u.s. receive fair and bubble puc trials. >> joining me tonight is noreen shaw an advisor of a amnesty international. >> what is your answer as to how the u.s. should deal with these terror threats in the region? for exa example should the u.s.y on local law enforcement more to act against those targets? >> well we are calling on president obama to
Oct 18, 2013 8:30am EDT
this is talent. i'm telling you he's a superstar in the making. thesele has even sung at the united nations.that is one of the big offices. >> during the apartheid era, blacks weren't allowed to attend performances in cape town's opera house. they couldn't even dream of performing there. but today, in this very building, thesele's parents are about to experience another debut. they're attending their first opera -- and the lead roles are being played by none other than thesele and linda. >> this is my first sort of big role. this could be my chance to show them what i have. ♪ >> performing at the cape town opera house is part of the singers' studies. and it's helped to launch the international careers of some past graduates. [applause] >> i'll probably be in the united states, but i also want to go audition in places like london, in europe. i want to work so that my parents could be the children and i could be the parent. >> one day, i'll be able to sing for you, to send the message of being a girl who grew up in the township and then made it to the met in new york. one day it will come t
Oct 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
and the united nations and there really is no limit to the nsa's global surveillance operations. these contradict the nsa's own mission statement which reads the national security agency leads the u.s. government in cryptology and encompasses both symbols and information assurance products and services. now, as many of our allies find themselves targets of the nsa, should the white house reconsider the role? the mission is to get united states and its allies the security advantage now seems to have worked -- morphed into the mission to get united states the security advantage against its allies. in washington, rt. >> now, joining me to discuss implications of this is a political analyst and editor. thank you for joining me. last month it was also revealed that the u.s. accessed text messages. we received this official statements. this practice is unacceptable and runs contrary. >> mexico is an streaming -- extremely sensitive to any intervention. it is shocking. maybe one of the closest ones in the last decades and is showing the lack of trust that the u.s. has. it was unnecessary to perform this
Oct 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
on wednesday. takeo nakajima, nhk world, lithgow, new south wales. >>> japanese leaders have backed the united nations movement against the use of nuclear arms for the first time they've signed a statement saying the weapons should never be used again under any circumstances. nhk world's jackie issue i cow a has the details. >> reporter: a committee of the u.n. general assembly deals with disarmament in a statement. new zealand's representative proposed a document. more than 120 countries have given it their support. >> the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons are a fundamental and global concern. >> reporter: the document says nuclear weapons have immense and controllable disruptive capabilities and indiscriminate in nature. it says the use and testing of such weapons have shown the consequences are unacceptable. it also says that it is in the interest of the very survival of humanity that nuclear weapons are never used again under any circumstances. delegates around the world have adopted similar statements since may of last year. one was released in april at a conferenc
Oct 21, 2013 9:00pm EDT
of the united states of america. to the young people of the nation, i wanted to speak a word tonight. you are going to have a great opportunity. there will be high moments and durability ability will be tested. i have faith in you both up i feel as though i was standing --n a rock and that brock and that rockets my faith in my fellow citizens. now, we will go back to the program. black, i want to ask you for the her voice changed from the 1933 radio address that we heard to a much more modulated. >> she is in her own element. she is saying what she wants to say. she very much appreciates the gravity of pearl harbor. she says the boys in the pacific. in worldo battle front war i. she saw hundreds of soldiers piled up with their stomachs exploded because they had not been buried yet. she was her much involved in the effort for the league of nations was dubbed in fact, fdr center to the radio to debate over over studentd court win the begins to vote on the legislation. definingthis is a moment. she is telling fdr and has told fdr for at least two years prior because they both understood that
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 6:00pm EDT
obama spoke at the united nations general assembly. >> we use drones and target those who continue to be a threat to the united states. >> reporter: and amnesty international accuses the u.s. of escalating the use of drones. reports that there were 42 drone strikes in pakistan. in 2009 president obama's first year in office, there were 56. in and 2011, 127. >> the use of drone strikes has dropped but not enough. the u.n. estimates more than 2,000 people were killed in the u.s. drone attacks, 400 of them civilians, tony? >> randall, how does the u.s. justify the use of these drones? >> first of all as a man of law the u.s. says that america is still at war with al-qaeda, and the second justification is that it keeps american troops from being on the ground and being exposed to danger. >> randall pinkston for us, thank you. >>> it is being called the last push for peace but it is proving to be a difficult sell. the friends of syria met in london hoping to bring the syrian opposition on board. al jazeera's barnaby phillips has more now from london. >> reporter: the foreign ministers w
Al Jazeera America
Oct 15, 2013 5:00am EDT
live here and lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees and the united nation said it can't cope and the lebanese government can't cope and these really are unable to make ends meet. >> reporter: are the refugees still arriving? >> yes, refugees continue to arrive and we heard from the union fcr they have 3,000 refugees a day that are registered but not register with the u.n., approximately 780,000 have already registered but government officials say there are up to 1.3 million syrians living in this country and it has been a huge burden on the lebanese government and it has strained the economy, the lebanese government is now saying fine we will not close the borders but we will screen every syrian that comes into lebanon and if he is a refugee then yes he will be allowed to enter and if not and if he wants to lebanon just to open a business or find work that is not going to happen any longer because the lebanese people really have been complaining that syrians are taking their jobs. there has been fierce competition in the job market. so lebanon carrying a very big burden and
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 11:00am EDT
and last month. the united nations says during that nine-year period, more than 2,000 people have been killed in drone attacks and at least 400 of those are believed to be civilians. it's difficult to get accurate figures because the cia's drone program remains secretive. but that's unlikely to prevent the prime minister from bringing up the issue with president obama when the two meet on wednesday. >> pakistan cannot afford picking up a rivalry with the united states, but at the same time if pakistan's requests are reasonable, u.s. cannot just simply ignore them. >> reporter: but few expect drone strikes to end any time soon. earlier this year, president obama called the strikes lawful and part of a legitimate campaign against terrorism. replay shuns between the two countries have been tense particularly since 2011 when osama bin laden was found living here the pakistan capitol. but the obama administration has requested more than $1.5 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for pakistan. so it would appear this relationship is on the mend as the u.s. prepares its exit from af
Al Jazeera America
Oct 22, 2013 5:00pm EDT
from the capitol. >> in 1992, the united nations called mexico city the most polluted city in the world. air quality was declared to be a public health risk 355 days of the year, and pollution was thought to cause 1,000 deaths and 35,000 hospitalizations annually. but starting in the 1980s improvement in air quality were achieved through an array of government programs. diesel buss were phased out and stricter emissions were mandated for cars and the metro station now has 200 kilometers of tracks and moves 5 million people a day. now all of this had a drastic affect on lowering pollution levels. the presence of lead in the air has dropped 25% while suspended particlecals have been cut by 70% in. >> taking cues from mexico, the chinese government tackles the smog situation head on. >> up north the life expectancy there has already been cut by 5.5 years because of air pollution. the central government in beijing has vowed to put in $16 million to help with the problem. the air pollution in beijing got so bad at one point that it was unadvisable for people to step out of their homes. so ba
Comedy Central
Oct 17, 2013 11:00pm PDT
're going to use science. >> to prevent assad from gassing civilians. >> we are. >> united nations. >> wrecking ball. >> jon: isn't that nice. [cheers and applause] obviously, the brave chemical weapons inspectors are putting themselves in harm's way and i'm not talking about the dangers of hitting themselves with a hammer. >> they face grave risks working in syria. a u.n. convoy came under sniper fire. there's no confirmation of who pulled the trigger. >> jon:s yes, because what is a better symbol of safety than a projectage with a -- trojan with a hole on it. jessa is live in searal. thank you for being here. >> hi, jon. >> jon: do they have you there? you are destroying chemical weapons there? >> no, no this is my halloween costume i'm a sexy jessie pinkman. >> jon: you think she's sexy? >> very. >> jon: why did you go to syria to get a breakiki bad costume? >> they were sold out everywhere else. >> jon: how are things going? >> pretty rough, jon. someone told the locals i'm from america. you can imagine the (bleep) i'm getting around here. >> jon: you can imagine with the forei
Oct 14, 2013 5:30pm PDT
lawmaker said leaders in north korea are crowding a united nations ban on the import of luxury goods and said the numbers have soared since kim jung un took power. he said north korea's young leader may be using the products to boost his regime. >> translator: kim jung un uses the luxury goods to keep his top officials loyal. and to strengthen his grip on power. >> they said north korea imported about $320 million worth of banned items in 2000 noin. he said the figure has doubled last yore to more than $640 million. the lawmakers said there was a spike in electronics and watches. he urged china's authorities to do more to implement the un sanctions. authorities have begun offering certificates in internet monitoring. they will learn to observe comments on websites and social networks. a vision in china senses their websites and delete politically sensitive comments. nearly 600 million people have access to the internet. the state-run media said 2 million people work as online monitors, but officials of the public opinion office are looking to train more. they are offering a five-day
Oct 15, 2013 2:00am PDT
world climate report, the united nations warns that the sea level is rising faster than expected and the glacier melt is also on the rise. that has the manager of one swiss mountain lodge worried. her hut is situated on one of europe's most impressive glaciers and what -- and she wants people to finally start noticing all of the drastic changes the glacier has been undergoing. >> we are at an altitude of 2600 meters. this glacier is located in a swiss town. in the middle of it is a structure of snow and ice. it is about two meters high and 250 meters long. but it is not a natural work -- natural wonder. it is a work of art. is -- it was man well of fisher's idea. she works at the lodge. when the season starts in late june, the effects of climate change are visible here. >> years ago, there was still snow everywhere on the ground at this time. it was usually snowing when we came up here. but over the years, we have seen the snow melting away earlier. each year, there is less snow when we come up are. >> fisher wants to make the great hall visible within our project that points ou
Oct 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
it was set up by the united nations in the cambodian government seven years ago. the regime is alleged to have used forced labor in the 1970s, resulting in the deaths of more than 1.7 million cambodians. the accused are the architect of the regime's etiology, and its head of state. prosecutors demanded life in prison. they said the defendants cannot escape responsibility as they were among the regime's central figures. cambodia has no death penalty. >> translator: i'm very happy. today the prosecutors asked that the accused be punished with life imprisonment. this is what i want to see, and it would give me justice. >> the court is hearing the cases against the defendants separately. the cammer rouge seized the capital phnom penh in 1975 after defeating a pro-u.s. regime. it regarded residents as enemies of the revolution putting them in forced labor in farm villages. sentencing is scheduled for mid-2014. no date has been set for trials on other charges, including those connected to the deaths. concerns are rising that the court may not be able to consider charges against all the regim
Oct 22, 2013 2:00am PDT
overnight. the u.s. has provided the united nations with ten armored chevy suburbans worth $1.5 million to aid in the destruction of chemical weapons. and then the four boy scouts of merry leased a statement that said the men violated the principle of leave no trace are and no longer members. >>> and then the blast raising fears of further attacks during the upcoming olympics. >>> 10,000 clues so far but the mystery still unsolved. the young girl continues to baffle investigators. they have gone public with the photos. >>> and then police released video of a man dressed as a ghost running up and down the aisles of a closed alabama liquor store. nothing was stolen by the burglar that disappeared into the night. >>> kim kardashian got the gift of a lifetime last night. kanye west rented out the stadium and then popped the question in front of family and friends. >>> crist christi's decision not to challenge same-sex marriage. >>> apple expected to unveil new ipads, and an 8-inch screen. >>> a new survey finds that that three quarters of us will cut back on spending and more people are fee
Oct 18, 2013 5:30am PDT
to the head of the human -- u.n. they have not received confirmation from the united nations. the question is whether anyone will turn up from the other side. the syrian national coalition one of the main bodies of exile opposition, have cast doubts over whether they would attend, particularly the syrian national council. they want guarantees assad will leave when the transition comes. no guarantees have been forthcoming. >> saudi arabia has turned down a rotating seat on the un security council. the foreign ministry cited double standards that made it hard for the world body to end conflict and wars. in particular, the ministry said the council had failed in his duties towards syria. it said this alleged failure is what has ensured president -- allowed president assad's regime to continue killing its people. in an exclusive interview with south africa's president, he has addressed concerns about the health of nelson mandela. speaking to our reporter, he said although his 95-year-old predecessor is still too ill to receive official visitors and faces challenges, he is doing relatively well
Oct 21, 2013 5:30am PDT
and the french mission at the united nations. >> for more i'm joined by ann. thank you for coming in to see us here. we heard the interior minister call these revelations shocking. do they really come as that much of a surprise for france? >> i don't really think so. you heard him said that they already knew about this in june. what probably comes as a surprise this time is the prapts the extent, the intensive and extensive spying on the french citizens. but i think the clue here is the other terms, high rampinging politicians and economic actors on the french scene. i think that probably is what has caused the extraordinary move on the part of the french administration to call the american ambassador, which is something that is usually reserved for very, very serious situations. and which comes at a very crucial moment in the relationship between the united states and france in as much as they are working together on the syrian question, which is the most important question of the day. my feeling is that those revelations that they are mak
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